What to do if I have accidentally taken two Lexapro pills?

What to do if I have accidentally taken two Lexapro pills?

If you have taken two Lexapro pills and you feel unusual, reach out to your healthcare provider. However, overdosing on standard Lexapro dosage, that is 20 mg, won’t necessarily require medical attention. 

You will surely experience some negative effects, but they might not hit you with high intensity. Lexapro is considered one of the safest selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), which is a class of antidepressants. This antidepressant is surely toxic on higher doses, but not at 40 mg. 

According to research data, Lexapro toxicity was observed at 400 mg – 600 mg of the drug. However, some people are more sensitive to the effects of antidepressants compared to others. 

If you feel unusual or you’re going into panic mode, I would suggest you calm down and consult your doctor for your peace of mind. Moreover, make sure you take the right amount of dose and do not exceed what your doctor has prescribed. 

What are the side effects associated with Lexapro overdose?

Side effects associated with Lexapro overdose include:

Some serious and rare side effects include:

These side effects can vary from person to person. As I stated earlier, some people are more sensitive when it comes to the adverse effects of medications. 

However, these side effects will start to fade away once the concentration of the drug drops in your body. If you have any other concerns regarding the side effects, talk to your healthcare provider. 

In general clinical practice, doctors start the treatment with Lexapro from the lowest effective dose, especially in patients who are new to antidepressants in general.

Some people may start with 5 mg of Lexapro which is a low dose, which can be later increased to 10 mg if the response of the patient to the antidepressant is good.

How to ensure safe and effective use of Lexapro?

It is crucial to ensure the safe and effective use of Lexapro or any other antidepressant. You need to stick to your doctor’s recommended dose and frequency. If you think your current dose isn’t helping your depression effectively, talk to your doctor. 

If possible, your doctor will increase your dose. If you find it difficult to remember to take Lexapro and this is what makes you accidentally take two Lexapro tablets, there are a few tips that can help you remember. These include:

  • Keep a pill box, which is one of the oldest and most effective ways to prevent overdosing.
  • Turn the prescription bottle upside down after taking the medication.
  • Place it somewhere you can easily see.
  • Keep count of your pills.
  • Set reminders on your electronic gadgets.
  • Keep a checklist and mark the day when you are done taking the medication.
  • Take it with any meal of the day each day. 

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